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Higher Education: 2-Year

Sep 30, 2015

This strand focuses on these key areas:

  • Recruitment of students into STEM fields (both traditional and non-traditional)
  • Retention of these students once enrolled
  • Workforce Alignment Gaps – Where is the need and how do we engage employers and faculty to support growth in these fields

This strand aims to highlight broad strategies for engaging employers and turning that engagement into something more than just participation in a once a year advisory board meeting. Presentations on Workforce Alignment Gaps strive to engage both 2-year participants and employers in a discussion on how to develop relationships and maintain them.

Below is one example each of a session and exhibit in this strand. Summit attendees are encourage to review all of the K-12 Education sessions and exhibits.

Session: “Bridging the Gap Between Students and Employers: The NECC Laboratory Science Program”

This program was developed as an alternative educational pathway for students interested in a shorter path to a career in the sciences. The curriculum was developed in close alignment with industry requirements for entry level lab technician skills. In particular, a mandatory externship requirement helps students bridge the gap between the classroom and the industry lab.

Full session description. 

Exhibit: 4CSTEM; Community College Students as leaders in Engineering!

Cape Cod Community College's new engineering program showcases Community College students at the leading edge of technology and curriculum innovation in the sciences as a guided pathway to 4-year programs and industry employment.

Full exhibit description.

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Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Massachusetts Business Roundtable UMass Donahue Institute WGBH